Honey Drops: The Sweet Treatment for Dry Eye Symptoms?

Manuka honey

Widely discussed as a homeopathic treatment for everything from hangovers to acne to the common cold, manuka honey is now being looked at as a treatment for helping manage the relentless symptoms of Dry Eye Disease. Yes, you read correctly; the honey sitting in your kitchen cupboard has a multitude of impressive healing powers that you probably weren't aware of. In fact, the restorative properties of honey are so remarkable that researchers at the Queensland … [Read more...]

Is it Dry Eye Disease or Ocular Allergy?

Young woman in summer dress standing on meadow during sunny day

Spring has officially sprung! And while you’re probably welcoming the warmer weather with open arms, odds are you’re less excited about the allergies that often crop up around this time of the year. For many, spring allergies are more than just runny noses, sneezing and itchy skin. If you struggle with them, then you know that seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on your eyes. But how can you be sure if you’re afflicted by dry eye disease or seasonal allergies? It’s a … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Protect Dry Eyes When Traveling


Admit it; it’s been a dreadfully cold, miserable winter for many of us. So, it’s no surprise that you’re dying to travel just about anywhere sunny this time of the year. And while that is all well and good, exposure to sun, chlorine, ocean water and sweat can have bothersome effects on your already sensitive eyes. What’s more, traveling in planes and staying in hotels, where heating and air circulation systems drain much moisture from the air can be detrimental to dry … [Read more...]

Dry Eye Disease Linked to Air Pollution: Tips for City Dwellers


New York, Toronto, Beijing, Paris; how are they similar? Well, for starters they’re some of the largest, most recognized cities in the world- but what else do they have in common? Well, according to a recent study, their dwellers may be more likely to experience the itching, burning pain of dry eye disease. Research presented at the 117th annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting states that individuals in cities such as Chicago, LA and Miami were found to be … [Read more...]

How Does the Aging Process Affect My Eyes?


When it comes to our bodies, we tend to associate aging with sagging skin, gray hair, and if we are lucky and we’ve taken good care of ourselves we’ll get there with our vital organs and bones intact. Rarely do we stop to think that our eyes age just as much as the rest of our body and that there are signs and symptoms that we should be looking out for to reduce the risk of developing eye complications. As we age, our eye exams should become more frequent. Your eye … [Read more...]

Living with Sjogren’s Syndrome


In honor of dry eye disease awareness month, is pleased to introduce a featured guest. Barbara, who currently resides in Mercer County, NJ has had Sjogren’s Syndrome for a number of years. The disease has left her disabled and on a path of new challenges and discoveries. The following e-interview is a true sneak peak into the life of a Sjogren’s sufferer. From strange symptoms to diagnosis to future goals, Barbara was kind enough to share her … [Read more...]

Sjogren’s Syndrome: The Dry Facts


What is it? If you have chronically dry eyes, then you’ve probably heard of a condition called Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disorder in which a patient’s white blood cells attack and destroy the body’s moisture producing glands. Think your dry eyes trouble you? Imagine experiencing that burning, sandy sensation alongside constant dry mouth, fatigue and severe rheumatoid arthritis. How does Sjogren’s affect the body? Eyes: A sensation of a … [Read more...]

8 Common Medications that Cause Dry Eye Symptoms

Pharmaceutical Products

Most of us are aware that medications can have certain side effects such as dry mouth, fatigue and itchy skin, for example. But did you know that many medications can also cause visual issues like dry eyes and light sensitivity? On that note- could your medicine cabinet be harboring the primary cause of your dry eyes? Properly targeted prescriptions can be life-saving and crucial to quality of life; and when prescribed by a doctor, the majority of medications do more … [Read more...]

Natural Herbs & Spices That Alleviate Dry Eye Symptoms

herbs and spices for dry eye disease

Could alleviating dry eye pain be as simple as spicing up your life a little bit? (No, don’t cue Victoria Beckham- we mean that in a literal sense!) It’s true; there are plenty of natural herbs and spices that are full of dry eye fighting antioxidants. In fact, you might even find dry eye relief in your own spice cabinet! Intrigued yet? We thought so. Behold, some of the best natural herbs and spices to help prevent your peepers from drying out: Tumeric We recently … [Read more...]

Treatment Options for Dry Eye Disease

eye compress for dry eye

Your eyes depend on the flow of quality tears to give you a continuous layer of moisture to maintain comfort and clear vision. But what if you don’t have the quality, replenishing tears that many take for granted? When tears do not adequately lubricate the eye, some experience pain, sensitivity to light, grittiness, redness and even blurred vision. Finding effective relief from such symptoms can be challenging. And though you’ll need to visit an Accredited Dry Eye … [Read more...]